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Seven Black Knights

    Takumi Nishijou 
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (JP), Todd Haberkorn (EN)

The protagonist, a second-year student at Suimei Academy who barely visits school in the first place. He spends most of his time playing Empire Sweeper Online, in which he is the most famous and powerful player (known as Neidhart/Knighthart).

  • Artificial Human: Quite literally a figment of someone's imagination. In this case, that of the real Takumi Nishijou.
  • Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: His attitude towards "3-D" girls.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: He has intense social anxiety, isn't very brave, doesn't want to get involved, is frequently unpleasant and is rather judgmental. He's apparently intelligent, but prefers to spend all his time on meaningless hobbies. Nevertheless, he's the hero that Shibuya needs.
  • Fake Memories: Specifically, his life from the age of maybe 12 or so until starting high school.
  • Flawed Prototype: He is Shogun's clone, and sadly a reclusive Otaku who does not want to concern himself with saving the world, but Shogun couldn't afford to try again.
  • Heroic BSoD: He has two during the course of the story. The first is after chapter 6, when he thinks his sister is dead. The second is after the revelation that he's an Artificial Human.
  • Hikikomori: Takumi spends most of his time in his own house (a tiny container on a roof). He does go to school once in a while, but he has managed to invent a chart which allows him to graduate with minimal attendance if he simply keeps following its schedule.
  • In-Series Nickname: Has three of them: Takkii, Taku and Takumi-shan. They are used respectively by Seira, Rimi and Kozue.
  • Jerkass: He's selfish, rude, and has a lot of entitlement issues.
  • Mr. Imagination: Deconstructed. His detachment from reality goes up to the point where he could be diagnosed with schizophrenia.
  • Otaku: Takumi, having no interest in real-life world, spends a lot of his time immersed in games, anime and manga. He also possesses a collection of figurines.
  • Properly Paranoid: Yep, turns out Yua really did have ulterior motives in getting close to him, as should be obvious.
  • Split Personality: Takumi starts to think he had one that was responsible for the new gen killings. He was completely wrong.
  • Super Loser: He's a rude, selfish hikikomori with the power to make delusions real. Near the end he even embraces it and sneers at the adulation of the crowd after catching the killer. In his eyes, he's a loser through-and-through no matter how they want to look at him.
  • This Loser Is You: He is an unbelievably reclusive and paranoid otaku who hates people, preferring the company of fictional, 2d girls, and has some embarrassing delusions. He gets better as the story progresses.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: He is a self-described disgusting, delusional, otaku, hikikomori who is approached by several beautiful girls all with a mysterious connection to a series of murders going on in Shibuya. This makes it extremely hard to tell where the events of the series lie on the line between paranoid hallucination and supernatural strangeness — if there is in fact any separation between the two at all.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: He's really a delusional existence created by Shogun, the real Takumi Nishijou.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He does by the end. After being a wimpy, paranoid Hikikomori for almost the whole story, and gradually coming out of his shell, he summons his Di-sword, saves the members of his harem from the earthquake, and battles Norose Genichi in a sword-fight, destroying his Doomsday Device in the process.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Some of what happens is altered by his delusions, so he ends up seeing things that are not there. For instance, Rimi killing someone, the very first thing he sees of her, did not actually happen.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Sometimes he thinks of himself as a character in an RPG and acts accordingly, when he is actually the main character of a Horror Visual Novel.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has blue hair, like many harem leads.

    The Demon Girl 

Rimi Sakihata

Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (JP), Carrie Savage (EN)

A second-year student in Takumi's class, who claims to be Takumi's friend. She is a person who gives Takumi emotional support during the weird events that he has gotten into, despite the fact that he doesn't remember befriending her.

  • Affectionate Nickname: She always calls Takumi "Taku." This is to differentiate between the two people she knows who call themselves "Takumi."
  • Cooldown Hug: Rimi delivers one to Takumi when he starts having a breakdown on a middle of a road.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Pink hair and pink eyes.
  • Good All Along: Though initially seem as a wicked “demon girl”, she reveals herself as a kind soul looking out for someone she loves. Also, she never perpetrated the New Gen murders.
  • Hair Antennae
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a dark pink hair ribbon at her left side of her head.
  • Hair Intakes: Her hairdo has two "cat ears".
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Rimi fits this trope surprisingly well, despite initially appearing to be a cold-blooded killer. Aside from having the hair color, she also shows signs from all of the three personality traits (cheery, strong and sweet) that characters of this trope possess. She also gets bonus points for having a blue-haired love interest, Takumi.
  • Walking Spoiler: The only thing known about her at the beginning is that she is a mysterious “demon girl” who seems to be the New Gen killer. The revelations of who she really is coincide with the truth of the New Gen killings.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is pink, possibly to mark her as the main heroine.

    Nanami Nishijou 
Voiced by: Ui Miyazaki (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)

Takumi's younger sister and a first-year student in Suimei Academy. Because Takumi lives on his own, she makes occasional visits to his apartment to check how he's doing.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Despite the fact that Nanami's visits to her brother's apartment and her occasional attempts to make him go outside (which sometimes work) are because of her concern about her brother's well-being, he firmly believes this to be the case.
  • Finger in the Mail: Happens when she gets kidnapped. Although instead of a finger, it's her whole hand.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a hairband.
  • Little Sister Heroine: Several 'Delusion' events play up this angle, such as the indirect kiss scene.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Marks her as more clean and responsible compared to her slob of a sibling.
  • Tsundere: She often mocks her brother for being a sloppy recluse, but shows herself to truly love him when she gets captured, as she calls his name and wants to see him again.

    Yua Kusunoki 

Mia Kusunoki

A third-year student at Suimei Academy, who, after a warm introduction, is revealed to be following Takumi around. She's investigating New-Gen murders on her own for personal reasons.

  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Her twin sister Mia died in the "Group Dive," the first First Gen incident. Yua then launches her own investigation into Mia's death. She suspects Takumi is involved in the First Gen murders and pretends to befriend him under the ruse of being a girl otaku. When Takumi finds out her true intentions, she doesn't take it well.
  • Closet Geek: Whilst appearing to be a normal honor student, she keeps up with the latest anime and starts to buy the collectible figures, whilst maintaining her flawless image. However, her geek side may or may not be a ploy to earn Takumi's trust.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: In the anime, she frequently gets into accidents involving Takumi, though only when acting as a cute girl. When she drops the act, it goes away.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Serious-mode Yua has a habit of emphasizing sentences by repeating them several times in a row with slightly different phrasings.
  • Inspector Javert: Becomes convinced that Takumi is behind the New-Gen murders due to his supposed split-personality.
  • Meganekko: Invoked, as she uses her cute, shy glasses-girl persona to get closer to Takumi for the sake of extracting information from him.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It goes all the way down to her waist.

    Sena Aoi 
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (JP), Clarine Harp (EN)

A third-year student at Suimei Academy, who seems to frown perpetually. She's often seen walking around Shibya with a huge sword, although people aren't really bothered by it.

  • Action Girl: Like the other Gigalomaniacs, but she is the most ready to pull out her Di-sword and fight.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT mess with Sena's popsicle.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She does smile when embarrassed, but otherwise keeps a cold front as part of her general stoic-ness and focus on her mission.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It goes past her waist.
  • Supporting Leader: She has a personal tie with the Nozomi organization, so she ends up being a major mover of the plot.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Her popsicle. It is revealed that she loves them so much in part because she wants to be the lucky winner of a prize shown on some sticks; the winner earns a free second popsicle.
  • Tsundere: Towards her friend Kozue, the one person who can break her stoic front and leave her embarrassed. She even has a Shout-Out to Shana.

    FES/Ayase Kishimoto 
Voiced by: Yui Sakakibara (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)

A third-year student at Suimei Academy. She plays in a band called "Phantasm" with a stage name "FES", whose songs lyrics appear to describe the events of recent murders.

  • Bookworm: Spends most of her time reading mythology. She even makes a number of mythological references in regards to the plot.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: A form of Chinese water torture was done to her in her backstory.
  • Emotionless Girl: Likely as a result of her torture, she has a hard time expressing feelings towards other people, and mostly maintains a stoic demeanor like Sena.
  • Heroic Albino: Comes with silver hair, pale skin and reddish eyes, and is trying to save the world from the malevolent conspiracy.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Takumi's first conscious use of his delusionary abilities in the game is to create a flowerbed which breaks her fall after she attempts suicide by jumping off the roof of the school.
  • Mystical White Hair: A hint of her being the most spiritual and eccentric character in the setting.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Mysterious Waif, Heroic Albino, Emotionless Girl with Dark and Troubled Past, is one of several haremettes for the male hero, eventually hospitalized, and is even part of the current page image.
  • The Stoic: She has a stoic expression on her face which rarely changes.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's distant, quiet and serious around most people. She does seem to have an interest in Takumi and shows more emotion when she is with him.

    Kozue Orihara 
Voiced by: Ayumi Tsuji (JP), Kara Edwards (EN)

A second-year transfer student that transfers into Takumi's class. She appears as a very quiet and sensitive girl to strangers, but to people who know her, she's a very happy and a bit childish girl.

  • Cloudcuckoolander: She says some pretty odd things (like how much she wants to kill people) and has a different thought process than most people.
  • Cute and Psycho: For a Cute Mute, she sure seems awfully indifferent to the idea of killing people (mainly Asshole Victims), and got her sword in the first place so she could kill.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Initially, she comes across as this.
  • Cute Mute: At first. Then she starts telepathically sending messages to Takumi, and her personality shines from there.
  • New Transfer Student: How she is introduced.
  • Third-Person Person: Not only that, but she also speaks of herself in third person by using a nickname, "Kozu-pii/Kozzy".

Other Characters

    Shogun/The General 

The Real Takumi Nishijou

Voiced by: Tsubasa Yonaga (JP), Vic Mignogna (EN)

A mysterious figure who occasionally interacts with Takumi. He is shown to be an old man in a wheelchair. He is called "The General" in the anime's English dub. Eventually reveals himself as the real Takumi, who created the protagonist as a clone of his to save the world from the NOZOMI Group.

  • Big Bad: Subverted. Though Takumi initially believes him to be the mastermind of the New Gen murders, he is actually trying to stop them.
  • Big Good: While he isn't a leader of an organization, he's still the primary force that opposes the NOZOMI Group.
  • Evil Old Folks: Subverted, as he is not actually the one behind the New Gen killings.
  • Good All Along: After spending most of the story looking like the Big Bad, he reveals himself as the Big Good who was training Takumi to take on the true villains, Genichi and the NOZOMI Group.
  • Rapid Aging: He is actually the real Takumi Nishijou, who is suffering from accelerated aging due to overuse of his powers. He therefore created our Takumi to take his place and do what he can no longer do himself.
  • Stealth Mentor: Shogun's actions to drive Takumi into a corner were to awaken his powers as a Gigalomaniac.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Shogun, despite appearing as an old man, is a high school student. This is because of his Rapid Aging.

    Daisuke Misumi 
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (JP), Joel McDonald (EN)
Takumi's classmate and friend at school- his Only Friend, in fact. Tries to be supportive of Takumi, but finds himself irritated with his friend's odd habits and pessimism.
  • Expy: Of Haruhi Suzumiya's Itsuki Koizumi, as the male friend of the protagonist who tries to help them but often makes them groan with his odd personality. They even share a voice actor.
  • Handsome Lech: He is quite handsome, and often trying to snatch pretty girls for himself. This annoys Takumi, who has no care for '3d girls'.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: While he is certainly familiar with the New Gen murders, he is the only character to be completely unaware of the conspiracy that drives the murders, and that his friend Takumi has gotten himself wrapped up in it.
  • Only Friend: The only guy that the reclusive Hikikomori Takumi will tolerate. Though this slowly changes once Rimi becomes involved.

    Seira Orgel 
Voiced by: Akane Domonaka (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)
The main heroine of the fictional anime, Blood Tune. Takumi's number one girl, despite not being real.

    Ban Yasuji 
Voice by: Kazuya Ichijou (JP), John Swasey (EN)
A detective sent to investigate the New Gen murders.
  • Eyes Always Shut: His right eye is almost always closed, giving him a Columbo-esque appearance.
  • Inspector Lestrade: He spends much of the story chasing after Takumi, thinking he might be responsible, but is well-intentioned and does discover several clues pointing towards the true culprits.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Near the end, he is betrayed and murdered by his own sidekick.

    Mamoru Suwa 
Voice by: Makoto Yasumura (JP), Scott Freeman (EN)
The assistant of Ban who is sent to help him investigate the New Gen murders. Unfortunately, he is also one of the culprits.
  • Co-Dragons: He and Hazuki Shino serve as this to Genichi, carrying out the New Gen murders as part of his Evil Plan.
  • Cute and Psycho: A pretty-faced sidekick to a detective on the outside, a Serial Killer on the inside.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The clueless assistant of the detective was actually one of the culprits behind the murders the detective was investigating.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His friendly demeanor doesn't change much when he is revealed as a Serial Killer, but his kind words sound much more hollow.
  • The Heavy: Along with Hazuki, he is the one directly carrying out the New Gen murders on behalf of Genichi.
  • Killer Cop: He works in law enforcement, personally aiding a detective, and is also one of the New Gen perpetrators.
  • The Mole: He is actually a member of the very conspiracy that orchestrated the New Gen murders, sent to throw the police off their trail.
  • Serial Killer: As one of the perpetrators behind the New Gen murders.
  • The Watson: Acted as this to Ban, always asking him for info about everything so the audience can get exposition. Key word being 'acting'.

    Momose Katsuko 
Voice by: Kujira (JP), Wendy Powell (EN)
The CEO of the investigation company Freesia and a friend/informant of Ban who tells him whatever she finds out about the New Gen case.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: She is the CEO of Freesia and by all means on the side of the heroes, using her connections to combat the conspiracy within Shibuya.
  • The Informant: She is the one who gives Ban whatever info she finds about the New Gen murders, as well as the greater forces behind them, like NOZOMI.
  • In-Series Nickname: Momo-chan, given and used by Ban.

    Hazuki Shino 
Voice by: Noriko Aoki (JP), Monica Rial (EN)
A nurse at the local hospital. Also secretly one of the culprits behind the New Gen murders.
  • Battleaxe Nurse: She uses her medical tools to carry out some of the New Gen murders, such as digging out one victim's brain with a spoon, piece by piece.
  • Co-Dragons: She and Mamoru Suwa serve as this to Genichi, carrying out the New Gen murders as part of his Evil Plan.
  • Cute and Psycho: Green-haired Hospital Hottie on the outside, Serial Killer on the inside.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The cute nurse who seemed to be a minor character and 'Grim', Takumi's MMO partner, is one of the New Gen killers.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Her friendly demeanor doesn't change much when she is revealed as a Serial Killer, but her kind words sound much more hollow.
  • The Heavy: Along with Suwa, she is the one directly carrying out the New Gen murders on behalf of Genichi.
  • G.I.R.L.: Inverted, as she pretends to be a guy as Grim when playing the MMO Empire Sweeper Online.
  • Hospital Hottie: Also a Meganekko, to an extent.
  • The Mole: She is one of the culprits behind the New Gen murders despite point as a harmless nurse.
  • Samus Is a Girl: As Grim, her ESO handle, she pretends to be a guy.
  • Serial Killer: As one of the perpetrators behind the New Gen murders.

    Issei Hatano 
Voice by: Kenji Hamada (JP), Chuck Huber (EN)
A homeless guy repeatedly encountered by Takumi and his friends. Is actually Sena's father and one of the scientists behind the creation of NOAH II.
  • Abusive Parents: He had no problems using his daughter as a lab rat and putting her through Mind Rape.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Sena, who hates him for putting her, her mother, and many innocent girls through the inhuman Gigalomaniac experiments.
  • Mad Scientist: He participated in a project to Mind Rape girls into unlocking their Gigalomaniac powers, and had no problems putting his wife and daughter through it.

    Genichi Norose 
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (JP), Mark Stoddard (EN)
The head of the NOZOMI Group and the true main antagonist. As a member of the Committee Of 300 and the mastermind behind the New Gen murders, he seeks to complete the Noah II device and use it to eliminate free will, creating a utopia with himself at the top.
  • Actually a Doombot: Pulls this on Takumi, Sena, and Kozue in an anime-exclusive scene in Ep 8. After they defeat him and destroy NOAH II, he promptly informs them that the Genichi they fought was a delusion he implanted within their minds, and the Noah II they destroyed was a prototype.
  • Big Bad: Serves as the head of the NOZOMI Group, the representative of the Committee of 300, and the mastermind behind the New Gen murders, with the goal of completing Noah II and using it to Take Over the World. Especially so after he starts to act according to his own plans.
  • The Chessmaster: He orchestrated the murders with the specific intent of traumatizing Takumi into manifesting his Gigalomaniac powers, and even his enemy Shogun ended up unwittingly aiding him in his plan.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He is the president of NOZOMI who uses his company and immense power to perpetrate a string of gruesome killings as part of a plan to use a Mind-Control Device to control humanity.
  • Evil Old Folks: By all means, he is rather elderly. He is also the true Big Bad and a Corrupt Corporate Executive bent on world domination.
  • The Evils of Free Will: He believes that humanity can only achieve peace once he has used Noah II to strip them of their free will and bring them under his control.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • Subverted in the original game. He initially is vaguely built up as a benefactor/superior to Shogun/The General who is in the background, but Shogun is Good All Along while Genichi is the one directly orchestrating everything.
    • Played straight in Chaos;Child. He is the one behind the Shibuya earthquake and Mass Empowering Event that drives the plot, but he is dead by then. The primary villains were sent by the Committee to clean up his mess.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He is a villain who wears a fancy suit and is very rich, owing to his position as head of NOZOMI.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: While he claims good intentions, in that he wants to create a utopia by mind-controlling humanity to quash their primal urges, the fact that he's a Straw Nihilist pursuing his goals to horrific extremes fueled by a god complex make him just as bad as the humans he despises. In the end, he just wants power.
  • Predecessor Villain: To the New New Gen culprits in Chaos;Child, as they are committing the murders according to the original ones he orchestrated.
  • Slasher Smile: Frequently pulls these out after revealed as the true villain.
  • The Starscream: He plans to betray the Committee and control the world himself.
  • Straw Nihilist: He believes that humans are hard-wired to be in conflict with each other, and thus the only way to achieve peace is to control all humanity.

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